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On Gardening: Georgia roadsides: Dazzling with flowers and butterflies

Recently I seemingly awoke from a daze while driving Interstate 85 north of Columbus, Ga., beautiful Pine Mountain was in the distance and a sea of yellow orange lavender and pink was almost iridescently glowing in the middle of the divided highway. I went back the next day, got out of the car and walked to the middle surround by thousands upon thousands of cosmos flowers. I have to admit it was exhilarating and The Greatest Show on Earth, especially to a nature kind of guy.

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Capital wonders: Mexico City for beginners

Like a lot of Californians, I've made dozens of trips to Mexico over the decades – beach resorts in Baja, Maya ruins in the Yucatan, colonial towns in the interior. Yet I'd never made time to explore the capital's top museums and landmarks, even though their global popularity has boomed in recent years. When I finally gave myself a good look at Mexico City this year, most of those attractions surprised me.

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Experiencing the magic of Northern Italy’s lakes

The lakes of Northern Italy, nestled near the foothills of the Alps, are magical, especially, I think, on one's first visit. It was mine – a birthday celebration that I chose to spend with a dozen strangers from the United States, Canada and Brazil.

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Turkey’s terrain, people, history make colorful trip

I've either been pixie dusted or turned into Barney Rubble. Everywhere I look, towering rock "fairy chimneys" dot Turkey's fantastical wonderland of Cappadocia. I'll also explore mystical age-old cave churches, sleep in a "cave hotel" that entombs guests and wine, and scoot-duck-gasp my way through a spooky ancient underground city, one of dozens burrowed here. And wait until I dreamily float over it all in an Oz-like flame-breathing balloon.

Here’s how to make sure scary is not too scary for kids during Halloween

Spooky is all around us in October, from TV shows to costumes to store decorations. But how scary is too scary when it comes to children during Halloween.